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Wandering in Ruapehu

A Short Break

If you are travelling with your own accommodation there are many new experiences to be had – so get out more, wander and discover the Ruapehu District!


Journey Begins

Day 1 – Heading in to Ruapehu in your campervan let’s start your  wandering escape in Taumarunui. Visit the Nevalea Alpaca Farm, where you can get up close to the alpacas and buy some great alpaca products.

Once you have finished cuddling the alpacas, drive 15kms on the historical “Forgotten World Highway”. Laurens Lavender Farm lies adjacent to the famous Whanganui River and offer you tranquil surroundings of lavender fields, farm land and bush. Enjoy the onsite café for a spot of lunch before heading south.

Great Spot to Stop

National Park Village

Drive south into National Park Village and park up at the Kiwi Camp park. It’s located with stunning views of the Tongariro National Park and in walking distance from the many various dining options in the village.

If there is still time in the day find the champion golfer inside of you at the Schnapps Mini Golf and after treat yourself with a cold beverage at the restaurant.

National Park Village to Raetihi

Connect with Nature

Day 2 – Wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day. Either eat in your camper or call into the Macrocarpa Café for a barista coffee and hot breakfast snack. Make the most of your great location by taking a slight detour to Whakapapa Village to enjoy a few short walks such as Tawhai Falls or Taranaki Falls depending on ability. Now head south to Raetihi Holiday Park, a location that will continue the theme of nature being located right next to the peaceful Makotuku River.

If there is still time in the day, a visit to Volcano Vibe shop in the Raetihi main street is not to be missed.  For dinner Coach Cafe & Takeaways has you covered with their large range of menu items, from fresh fish and chips, to burgers and cafe style meals.

Raetihi to Waiouru

Explore and Learn

Day 3 (extended weekend) –For breakfast head to Angel Louise Cafe in Raetihi. Start the day with a visit to the Raetihi Arts Trust Gallery to check out the latest exhibition.

Take a quick trip to Waiouru and visit the National Army Museum. Our people, our history, our legacy. Learn about the heroes, stories of honour, courage and sacrifice. Take a break at the National Army Museum, unwind and discover New Zealand’s history. Located at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, visitors can be inspired by real-life soldier’s stories, discover New Zealand’s military history and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.

Have some lunch at The Mess Tent in the museum before heading off on your next adventure.

Get more from your journey and stay an extra night or two to enjoy some of the many walks and cycle trails in the area. 



Chat to a friendly team member at the Ohakune i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for local information, suggestions, booking advice and support on free phone: 0800 647 483.